Windows Surface Pro - Anyone using one?

Started Mar 4, 2013 | Questions thread
Brian Miller
Brian Miller Regular Member • Posts: 475
Re: Windows Surface Pro - Anyone using one?


>But CAcreeks was making an argument about software support between the two.

"Right now there are over 42,000 apps designed for the modern style of Windows 8 and that’s the current count of available apps in the store. Before there was Windows 8, Steve Ballmer said that there are about 4 million Windows Desktop applications out there with about 800,000 that were made specifically for Windows 7.

After you install Bluestacks on Windows 8, you can run another 750,000 Android apps. Then if you want to unlock the Surface Pro’s BIOS, you can install Linux. Or an easier method would be to create a Virtual Machine using Hyper-V (which is supported by the Surface Pro hardware) or Vmware. So that’s another 30,000 or so apps that you can use. That’s pretty close to 5 million choices for adding software functionality to a Surface Pro or any Windows 8 powered tablet (depending on which apps you decide to count).

Apple is considered king of the app count though. With their “There’s an app for that” ad campaign, Apple makes their iOS look like it’s got the most robust software selection around. There are over 800,000 apps in the iOS App Store, and 300,000 of them are specifically made for the tablet version of iOS. Compared to 5 million, that’s doesn’t seem like very many, which is why I’m still of the opinion that Apple’s iOS Doesn’t Have Enough Apps."

We don't know when he wrote the article (published 3/5) but the total is  now 45K+. New app rate looks pretty healthy.

But I think this still misses the point that these Apple "apps" are "program-lets" running on a phone OS.

Here's an interesting read by a photographer using full PS on a subway train with a Surface Pro, and other interesting things.

Living With The Surface Pro | Pocketnow

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